Monday, September 1, 2014


Today's picture is from 1938 and it shows children on the playground climbing and hanging upside down. I can not say for sure, but I bet this type of play has been pretty much regulated out of existence, and in its place we have a generation of diabetic prone obese children. Time for us to have kids be kids again.


  1. Amen, PJM! Weight and diabitese is bad enough in adults, but it can be lethal in children. It is time for parents to stand up and actually be parents and quit being BFFs (Best Friends Forever) to their kids. Spend quality time and keep a tight, but compassionate leash on them until they are of age or they get married (a whole other subject). Done properly, this is the toughest job you will ever have.

    Remember, this is Labor Day. Go out and do some to help a neighbor.

  2. I love the pig trotting around in the background. Wonderful photo and I agree with your sentiments. At the parochial grade school I attended we had monkey bars like these and underneath them was asphalt. I shudder now remembering some of the backwards flips we girls used to do off the bars from a seated position. Don't recall anyone ever getting hurt, but I remember always being very careful doing them.
    -Anne K.

  3. Absolutely correct, re: kids being kids. Outdoor play not only gave us exercise, it helped us learn to supervise ourselves, etc. etc. Everything is against the "rules" now, and the only reason for so many rules seems to be enforcing them gives the bureaucracy something to do. It all makes me slightly grumpy.

  4. Anyone remember doing the "butterfly" on the monkey bars?


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